As SWG starts out, and stability issues are settled, some of you are going to join the Rebellion. Ya fun. They're the heroes, the good guys fighting an oppressive Empire, ladee-da and all that. Your roleplaying job is easy. What's your motivation? The Empire are the bad guys. I'm a merc who's in it for the money. Or I'm a farmboy whose parents were deep-fried by stormtroopers and I want revenge. Or, one word: Alderaan.
But for those of you choosing to join the Galactic Empire, you're one of the bad guys now. Or are you? The following is a guide for roleplaying a loyal but REALISTIC servant of Emperor Palpatine, and not just being a cardboard cut-out bad guy twirling his moustache and snickering with wicked glee. The rebels will have plenty of cardboard cut-out "heroes" as it is, anyway.
Your roleplaying job is harder. I mean, how DO you roleplay a human (or non-human) being who can work **edit** and a homicidal cyborg and not absolutely loathe yourself? Some of you can, and that's fine. We need evil characters, after all, or else the Empire will be too soft and fluffy.
[b]What's My Motivation? Why did I join the Galactic Empire? Why do I STILL work for them?[/b]
1. The Rebellion are terrorists.
Maybe someone you cared **edit**. It's personal.
2. The Rebellion REALLY ARE terrorists.
The Rebellion has its bad apples, too. Criminals, mercenaries, **edit** time, and it's personal.
3. Law & Order First, Peace & Justice Later
Look, you know the Empire isn't a sparkling example of human/alien rights. You've heard about the conspiracies and other rumors about Emperor Palpatine, Darth Vader, the late Grand Moff Tarkin, and some of the bad things the Rebellion claims they've done to Alderaan, wookiees, mon calamari, etc. But it's a BIG galaxy, filled with lots of not-so-nice people, and the Empire has to step on some toes sometimes, even if it's by accident. But the Rebellion aren't helping things, they're making it worse. They have some good ideas, some valid points, but those can be decided better in times of peace - and as long as the Rebellion is around, NOTHING is going to get sorted out or solved. If everybody who had an issue with the way the government runs things went to war over it, we'd have the Old Republic and all of their problems all over again. Some of us remember the Separatists, the Clone Wars, and all the tiny wars like the Naboo incident. That was chaos and anarchy. The galaxy has had enough of that.
4. Yeah sure, I'm evil, and so is the Empire, and so what's your point, punk?
The Empire is kicking arse and taking names, and is the perfect place for you to weasel up the ranks and get your piece of the power pie. No mercy for those who stand in your - er...the [i]Emperor's[/i] way.
5. Meh, it's a job and someone's gotta do it
You don't care about politics. You care about a paycheck. The Rebellion uses out-of-date equipment and steals most of their hardware, so screw them. They can't pay you as well as the Empire can. As for those you help oppress? Maybe you feel sorry for them, but you figure if they had kept their nose clean and their mouth shut, you wouldn't be blowing up their house right now.
[b]As an Imperial I think about the following....[/b]
He did what had to be done. Saved us from the Separatists and the corrupt politicians. Brought stability to where there was turmoil. Brought law & order to where there was evil and chaos. No, he's not perfect or without a few scandals here and there, but YOU try ruling an entire galaxy without hitting any speed bumps.
Is he a droid? A cyborg? Human? Alien? I dunno, but we're glad he's on OUR side.
[i]Grand Moff Tarkin[/i]
He was getting old, sloppy. He underestimated the Rebellion at The Battle of Yavin. At least he heroically refused to evacuate from the Death Star, a noble warrior to the last.
The best fleet commander the Empire's ever seen. He'll find the Rebellion's secret base, destroy it, and probably get promoted to Moff or even Grand Moff. Watch out for this guy - his future looks promising.
He's never lost a battle. The man is a genius at land combat tactics.
[i]General Crix Madine[/i]
The inventor of the storm commandos, he is truly a hero of the Empire, our most loyal soldier.
Yeah, we've heard the rumors about him taking bribes from Jabba the Hutt. But he hates the Rebellion with a passion and has done a good job of tightening up control of Tatooine ever since those two rebel spy-droids slipped through security.
Who's Mara Jade? The Emperor's young mistress? What's her job, anyway? Name sounds familiar...
[i]The Death Star[/i]
It was a great space station that would have added greatly to the defense of the galaxy. The rebels' claim that some hotshot pilot named Luke Skywalker blew it up is poo-doo. We know what really happened. A proton torpedo through an exhaust port? Shyeah, in your dreams. It was cowardly sabotage. And despite the Rebellion's claims, the Death Star was a space station, not a giant laser weapon capable of blowing up whole planets. I mean, who ever heard of such rubbish?! The rebel propaganda machine needs to hire new writers to make their fiction at least [i]somewhat[/i] believable.
[i]The Destruction of Alderaan[/i]
The Death Star didn't blow up that filthy cesspool of a planet. Our scientists have theorized that the planet's inner core was unstable and Alderaan was destroyed by Mother Nature, not the Empire.
[i]The Death Star 2[/i]
I don't know what you're talking about...[/color]
He's an alien. Which is probably why the Emperor stationed his fleet in the Outer Rim. Nevertheless, I hear his fleet is scaring off two different, hostile, foreign-galactic forces from setting foot in our galaxy. If he keeps it up, he might make Grand Admiral someday.
[color=red]THE REBEL ALLIANCE
An opportunistic senator who created the Rebel Alliance and is manipulating her "followers" to fight for "justice" and "democracy", when she really wants to make herself the new Emperess. I heard she has a strange attraction to bothans...of either gender.
A traitor who manipulated a senile Grand Moff Tarkin, pretending to be his servant and friend when he was really stealing holodiscs of our military tactics. Another trecherous power-mongerer who will probably turn on Mon Mothma the first chance he gets.
[i]Princess Leia Organa[/i]
Spoiled brat from Alderaan who has fallen in with the Rebellion because she got bored changing hairstyles and going to fashion shows. One of the chief conspirators in the sabotage of the Death Star.
A marketing gimmick by the Rebellion, claiming he destroyed the Death Star, in order to inspire more slack-jawed yokels from the outer rim to their cause.
So typical a representative of the Rebellion's average "freedom fighter" - a criminal. He's such a despicable criminal, that even arch gangsters like Jabba the Hutt want him dead. This kind of scum shows just what kind of people the Rebellion is [i]really[/i] recruiting to their cause: criminals who even other criminals don't like.
Even though he was in charge of the Rebellion's forces at the Battle of Yavin, he mysteriously has faded from the leadership ranks. Maybe Mon Mothma felt he was gaining too much momentum from his fluke victory and had him retired...permanently.
The new commander-in-chief of the Rebellion's main force, the lap-dog of Mon Mothma.
A deadly pilot and Luke Skywalker's wingman. He probably had to hold the **edit** new the difference between the throttle and the yoke.
Some fat pilot who died at the Battle of Yavin who probably soiled himself when he died screaming. Of course, [i]after[/i] his death, the Rebellion is hyping his past "achievements" and putting him up as some kind of hero in the typical post-revisionist history writing they are so adept at.
Han Solo's pet.
The last member of an Old Republic cult called the Jedi, who were the errand-boys and strongarm-men for the old corrupt Senate. Darth Vader quite easily dispatched him in the Death Star before the Battle of Yavin.[/color]
[i]Jabba the Hutt[/i]
A gangster who we allow to exist since he aids us against the Rebellion from time to time.
A bounty hunter with quite a reputation, but we don't need those kinds of scum to do our dirty work.
A repectable Coruscant businessman and close friend of the Emperor's.
He was once a good pilot and gambling-house magnate, but I hear he's now managing some small gas mining colony out in who-knows-where.
If you've ever seen her, you'd know there's nothing "lady"-like about her. I'd just as soon kiss a wookiee.
They make for good target practice.
It's a shame what they did to those Lars folks, if it weren't for them, Luke Skywalker would never have been brainwashed into joining the Rebellion by that crazy wizard Kenobi. Of course, we get blamed instead.
[i]The Witches of Dathomir[/i]
A race of women, who enslave men, who use "magic", and ride rancors around like taun-tauns?! Whoever came up with that one must have taken a bad dose of spice.
He should take lessons from Jabba the Hutt and be more..."cooperative". Once we take care of the Rebellion, his little "business" on that wasteland called Lok will be closed for good.
They say they're on our side, but then why does practically every city on Corellia have rebels holding recruiting drives in plain sight? I don't trust them.
I hope I don't get assigned to that dustbowl of a planet.
Our Emperor's home planet. I hear he allows his best servants a tour of his private retreat!
The planet where Mon Mothma first formed the Rebel Alliance. Instead of Alderaan, we should have blown up this planet instead...if we even [i]had[/i] that kind of firepower, of course, which we don't, which means we didn't blow up Alderaan.
I hear there are less political activists there than on Corellia. Must be a nice place to vacation.
A moon of Naboo, almost as tranquil and beautiful.
The rebels **edit** there now. But wait, it's the [i]Rebellion[/i] after all...
Acid pools, active volcanoes, and giant lizards galore, I feel sorry for the imperials garrisoned there.
I hear the hunting expeditions are good - if you're insane. I think I knew a guy in basic training who was assigned to guard our prison there. Haven't heard anything about him in a while...
Information regarding this moon is classified, soldier! What's your clearance code?!